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‘The team just moves on’: Richie McCaw on a new All Blacks era of domination

The former captain talks about the Bledisloe Cup, Sam Cane and why a man never quite at ease in the public eye is now releasing a book and a movie

“They were never going to miss me and DC,” Richie McCaw says with a smile. He is sitting in a conference room at the Manhattan headquarters of his old team’s sponsor, AIG. On message, he is wearing all black – but not All Black. The captain retired last year, with 148 caps, two World Cups and the gratitude of a nation now revelling in the havoc wrought upon Australia in Sydney. In Wellington on Saturday, they may perpetrate another 42-8 mauling – or something worse.

DC, the great fly-half Dan Carter, now lives and plays his rugby in Paris. McCaw hasn’t left home, but he also watched the Sydney Test from afar – in Rio de Janeiro, where he spent a happy couple of weeks watching the Olympic Games.

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Kieren Read confirmed as All Blacks captain to replace Richie McCaw

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen confirms Kieran Read will captain sideRead replaces Richie McCaw, who was named New Zealander of the yearCoach Steve Hansen has confirmed Kieran Read will captain the All Blacks this year. The 85-Test No8 takes over from R…

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Richie McCaw and Lydia Ko win New Zealander of year awards

  • ‘All I did was play sport,’ says World Cup-winning All Blacks captain
  • Women’s world No1 golfer Ko named young New Zealander of the year

Richie McCaw already has two Rugby World Cups and can add New Zealander of the Year to the list.

Accepting the award from prime minister John Key, in typically humble fashion, the former All Blacks’ skipper downplayed his achievements compared with the other nominees, rights advocate Louise Nicholas and environmentalist businessman Rob Fenwick.

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2015 goes down as a stunning sporting year full of surprises and superlatives | Andrew Anthony

Tyson Fury, Leicester City and Japan’s rugby union side all produced astonishing successes while even England’s cricket team discovered how to entertain

2015 had a fair number of predictable results but overall it must go down as a year of surprises. Who back in January thought that Tyson Fury would end the year as the heavyweight boxing champion of the world? Who thought that Japan, those game novices of rugby, would beat mighty South Africa? And who, without access to strong hallucinogens, foresaw Leicester City’s incredible march to the top of the Premier League table? Or the champions, Chelsea, plummeting towards a relegation battle and the unceremonious exit of José Mourinho?

The rise of the underdogs began back in March when New Zealand’s cricketers brought the World Cup to life with their wonderfully cavalier style of play. They carried on in the same vein against England, who had a disastrous World Cup, in a captivating couple of Tests and one-day series at the start of the summer. But not the least of the year’s surprises is that England, suddenly underdogs themselves, matched the Kiwis in spirit, focus and verve.

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‘Greatest All Black’ Richie McCaw primed to make fools of his doubters

As tempting as it may be to write-off Richie McCaw, the Crusaders captain, can not, and should not, be under-estimated, even in his career’s denouement

There was a brief moment in 2013 when this column toyed with posing the question as to whether the Greatest All Black (GAB) of all time, Richie McCaw, had reached the end of the road. His legacy was assured long before he played the 2011 World Cup final with a broken foot. That courageous effort was a mere footnote in a peerless career of extraordinary breakdown feats and inspirational leadership.

But his playing form post-World Cup 2011 seemed to be on the wane. It seemed like a valid question to ask. Alas, journalistic self-preservation prevailed – no scribe dare disrespect McCaw without incurring the wrath of the nation. And certainly not an Australian-based column. Call him a cheat – and many non-Kiwi commentators did – but question the great man’s worth on a rugby pitch, well that was just plain heresy.

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Rugby union in 2014: 10 memorable moments

Robert Kitson on the best, worst and most controversial moments in rugby union this year
• Tennis in 2014: 10 memorable moments

As the estimable Katy McLean made clear during the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards, England’s victory in the women’s Rugby World Cup was a ground-breaking achievement. For a start England had been beaten in the previous three finals and had decided, to quote McLean, that “we couldn’t allow that to happen again”. The standard of rugby in the entire competition was also a significant step up and England’s 21-9 win over Canada in the final in Paris led to 20 players being awarded professional contracts by the Rugby Football Union. Interest will continue to rise with women’s sevens featuring in the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is hard to argue with McLean’s view that 2014 has been “a massive turning point for women’s sport”.

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‘Greatest All Black’ Richie McCaw primed to make fools of his doubters

As tempting as it may be to write-off Richie McCaw, the Crusaders captain, can not, and should not, be under-estimated, even in his career’s denouement

There was a brief moment in 2013 when this column toyed with posing the question as to whether the Greatest All Black (GAB) of all time, Richie McCaw, had reached the end of the road. His legacy was assured long before he played the 2011 World Cup final with a broken foot. That courageous effort was a mere footnote in a peerless career of extraordinary breakdown feats and inspirational leadership.

But his playing form post-World Cup 2011 seemed to be on the wane. It seemed like a valid question to ask. Alas, journalistic self-preservation prevailed – no scribe dare disrespect McCaw without incurring the wrath of the nation. And certainly not an Australian-based column. Call him a cheat – and many non-Kiwi commentators did – but question the great man’s worth on a rugby pitch, well that was just plain heresy.

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Richie McCaw’s New Zealand so matter of fact in brushing aside Wales

• Julian Savea moved closer to a try clean sweep of nations
• Dan Bigger helped to ensure home side emerged with credit
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The sports quiz of the week: Cristiano Ronaldo, Richie McCaw and underwear

You will fare well in this week’s quiz if you watched Scotland lose to the All Blacks at rugby union and then to England at football Continue reading…

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen won’t take Wales challenge lightly

• New Zealand coach returns 10 years after leading Wales
• Richie McCaw will captain All Blacks for record 100th time
• Not impossible to beat All Blacks, says Wales’s Webb
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New Zealand’s Richie McCaw set to be first player to captain in 100 Tests

• All Black to lead country against Wales on Saturday
• Steve Hansen makes 12 changes; Dan Carter omitted
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All Blacks grateful for stern test as Scotland rue missed opportunity

Scotland 16-24 New Zealand
• All Blacks coach extols the benefits of close encounter
• Vern Cotter sees signs of progress from his Scotland side

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Twickenham foul mouths and boo boys undermine the spirit of the game

Behaviour of some sections of the England support means that any claim the sport has on the moral high ground is becoming increasingly shaky Continue reading…

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Richie McCaw enrages England fans while staying on right side of law

The New Zealand great has stacked up the records but his tally of only two yellow cards stands out England 21-24 New Zealand Continue reading…

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New Zealands Richie McCaw provides masterclass against England

New Zealand tough it out and get what they came for Twickenham match report: England 21-24 New Zealand Continue reading…

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Richie McCaw: Being an All Black is a privilege one day you wont be one

New Zealands captain, Richie McCaw, is one of rugbys sufferers but he is focused on 2015 and making history at Twickenham by lifting a second World Cup Autumn internationals: our writers predict what well see John Kirwan: England must take the initiat…

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Record-breaking Richie McCaw targeting All Blacks win in South Africa

Captain will make 134th appearance for New Zealand He surpasses 133-cap record of legendary Colin Meads All Blacks seal Rugby Championship title in Argentina Continue reading…

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Richie McCaw rolls on and on to his 133rd Test cap for New Zealand

The glider-flying superman, constructed of timber, will pass Sir Colin Meads All Black record in Johannesburg on Saturday Talking points from the weekend action Continue reading…

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All Blacks and South Africa captains reflect on tense Rugby Championship match video

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and South African Springbok’s captain Jean de Villiers comment on their Rugby Championship match in Wellington on Saturday. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says his team were under pressure for much of the first half an…

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Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies and All Blacks reflect on 12-12 draw – video

Following a draw in Sydney, Wallabies coach Ewan McKenzie says Australia’s challenge will be at Eden Park when his side next play New Zealand. All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, commends Australia’s performance and that of his own team but expresses his d…